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Blockbusters

  1. 1. The Anatomy of a Blockbuster AS Film Studies
  2. 2. Blockbuster <ul><li>More than financial </li></ul><ul><li>But it is key </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Profit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Box office receipts </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Blockbuster <ul><li>What makes a punter got to the cinema </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul>
  4. 4. Task 1 <ul><li>What are the elements which make an international blockbuster? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Franchise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other source </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Stars <ul><li>Expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Guarantee? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Producer/Director <ul><li>Reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Style </li></ul><ul><li>Guarantee? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Global appeal <ul><li>Main issue is accessible to all </li></ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul><ul><li>Global warming </li></ul><ul><li>Love story </li></ul>
  8. 8. Global Appeal <ul><li>Gay cowboys do not fill cinemas </li></ul>
  9. 9. Good v Evil
  10. 10. Good v Evil
  11. 11. Culture neutral <ul><li>Offends no body </li></ul><ul><li>Assumes no cultural knowledge </li></ul>
  12. 12. Get it wrong? <ul><li>Eg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brassed off </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Hero </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Simple characterisations <ul><li>Easy to understand </li></ul><ul><li>Straightforward </li></ul><ul><li>Understandable </li></ul><ul><li>Uses stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Does not mess with stereotypes </li></ul>
  14. 14. Stereotypes
  15. 15. Save the world <ul><li>Universal interest </li></ul><ul><li>Avert disaster </li></ul><ul><li>Save mankind </li></ul>
  16. 16. Love interest <ul><li>Love universal </li></ul><ul><li>Sex sells </li></ul><ul><li>Romeo and Juliet </li></ul><ul><li>Love against the odds </li></ul>
  17. 17. CGI,Big production, pyrotechnics
  18. 18. CGI,Big production, pyrotechnics
  19. 19. Visual vs dialogue
  20. 20. Branding <ul><li>Helps continuity </li></ul><ul><li>Note </li></ul>
  21. 21. Merchandise <ul><li>Additional income </li></ul>

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